Gilgit - Baltistan

NATCO to purchase 60-seater boat for disaster affected Gojal valley, Hunza

Our Correspondent

Gilgit, April 18: The Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) has decided to upgrade the public transportation service for the disaster hit Gojal Valley, by purchasing a 60-seater passenger boat to be operated in the dammed Hunza River.

The decision was taken today at a Board meeting chaired by GB Chief Secretary, Sajad Saleem Hottiana. The services of Pakistan Navy will be availed for purchase of the boat, it was decided. A committee was also formed for this purpose.

It is pertinent to note that the funds for the boat had been allocated almost one year back, but the purchase could not take place for unexplained reasons. NATCO is already operating a couple of boats in the dammed river.

The decision is likely to benefit the residents of Gojal Valley, as well as traders and tourists.

The 91st Board Meeting of NATCO expressed satisfaction over the performance of the semi-government transport corporation. It was also decided that the bus service for Azad Kashmir will be restarted. The service had been brought to a halt after buses were pelted with stones and some political leaders threatened to torch the NATCO buses if the service was not stopped.

The meeting also decided that a committee will be formed to ensure transparent sale of used items available with NATCO.

Earlier, MD Zafar Iqbal presented quarterly report about NATCO’s performance.

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  1. Salute Management GURU, —–Salute, —–
    You proved that the Wakhicx have the leadership quality—-the first step of this management is “Honesty”.

    We feel proud on operating so nicely NATCO from secrech to an International transboarder Transportation Company of this Great Country…………………….

    Once again Congratz to Mr. Zafar and his Loyal Team and special thanks to the Administration Management Team of GB, realising the ability of Mr. Zafer and His Team.

  2. I think this boat should be purchases after two years when the silt covers upto Ayeenabad.It is too early.

  3. Three years ago there was a complete plan of rehablitation of
    effecties of the area and the transportaion was on the top, they have allocated thirty million pak Rs. for this purpose, but they bought a Toy boat.Now the grivences and troubles of the peoples are increasing and silting will cover more areas and what it makes sence of purchasing of new boat.First we need a bridge from Gulmit to shishkat to link the road by september 2013. Otherwise silting will block the area and people will stuck parmanantly.

  4. We really proud on operating NATCO from screech to an International trans-boarder Transportation. Congratulation to Mr. Zafar and his Team.well don NATCO.

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